I am the keeper of a fever
that shimmers inside of me.
~ from ‘City of Dots’, Winning Primary Poem 2017
Mim, Year 4, Bundanoon Public School, NSW
Cartwheeling into its eighth year, Red Room Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry writing competition for students and teachers (Years 3-10). Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting young writers to create, publish and submit poems inspired by special objects. In 2018, hundreds of schools joined us for the journey with free learning resources and over $10,000 in prizes.
We present this shortlist of 72 poems, celebrating the students’ poetic prowess and unique relationships with special objects including a mahogany grand piano, puppy teeth, a handmade bamboo chair from Mauritius, a silver flute, family portraits and a Sicilian music box.
Winning poems will be announced on Thursday, 6 December.
Poetry Object is closed for 2018
You can still:
- Download the free Poetry Object 2018 Learning Resource and our full range of learning resources and supplementary materials
- Explore past winners and shortlisted poems, or browse our digital library of all submitted poems from past years
- Pre-register for 2019 by emailing email@example.com
Prizes & Judging
Certificates of achievement are awarded to all participants, with prizes awarded for Winning Student Poem (Primary), Winning Student Poem (Secondary), Winning Teacher Poem, and Winning School Installation. Prizes include flights, travel vouchers and poetry packs, valued at over $10,000. View the full list of exciting prizes
The installation category invites you to create a poetic gallery or exhibition inspired by your group's work! Use fine arts, the sciences, or music to bring your poems to the physical realm.
Here are some of our favourite installations from past years: Trails and Tales by Rosebery Middle School, Poetry Object Kites by Mount St Thomas Public School, The Sole of a Poem by St Mary's Anglican Girls School and The Cabinet of Lost and Found by our commissioned professional poets.
Poemsशिवलिङ्ग (Shivling) , Inheritance , yeperenye notes , Rosary , Dolmetsch , Post-Extinction Banquet
Poetry Object 2018 Learning Resources
For Poetry Object 2018 we teamed up with the National Museum of Australia, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Art Gallery of NSW and six poets from Australia and New Zealand to develop a dynamic new learning resource with creative and curriculum-aligned activities. View all Poetry Object resources
We delivered Poetry Object learning opportunities in 2018 in a range of locations. The workshops, facilitated by professional poets, encourage students and teachers to engage with poetry in creative environments.
Poetry Object 2018 will culminate in a digital exhibition over the 2018-2019 school holidays.
Participating cinemas (27 December 2018 – 10 January 2019)
Event Cinemas George Street (NSW), Hoyts Bankstown (NSW), Reading Cinemas Dubbo (NSW) Hoyts Northland (VIC), Hoyts Chadstone (VIC), Toowoomba BC&C (QLD) and Darwin Casuarina BC&C (NT).
A new resource featuring 40 poetic activity cards to spark imagination and creative writing. Inspired by original poems from Poetry Object, this interactive resource is designed to enliven poetic learning through language, literature and literacy. Created in partnership with the Australian Association for the Teaching of English.
Poetry Object is proudly supported by Oranges & Sardines Foundation.